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Making a Traveling Photo Journal

Updated on April 1, 2015
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I enjoy photography and have been doing so professionally and independently for over 30 years.

Making a Traveling Photo Journal

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"The Journal of the Photographic Society, later the Royal Photographic Society, was first published on 3 March 1853 and it has been published continuously ever since. The magazine's title was changed with volume 5 (1859) when it was re-named The Photographic Journal and this was recently updated to the RPS Journal. The publication is the oldest photographic periodical in the world. For much of the magazine's history it had an influence that went far beyond the society and a print run considerably in excess of the society's membership. The magazine has had its circulation ABC audited since 2010" Wikipedia

Here is an idea that is not only very interesting but can provide for a host of future projects including a book project or even for a blog that can feature regular updates.

One talented photographer who is currently doing her own journal is Vonda Jensen, creator of Photography's Traveling Journal and where this article's inspiration is drawn from.

I urge you to visit her Facebook page for more information about this intriguing and inspiring project.

The idea is to get a journal, take some photographs of where you live and anything that you deem noteworthy, write something about the photos, the location, time and date, photographic technical details about each shot and about yourself.

Then after getting in touch with other photographers around the world and after getting their consent, send them the journal with instructions for each to do the same and pass it to another photographer in another destination.

The project should feature a time frame like lets say a year or two upon which it should be returned to you and you can begin not only exploring the many beautiful and interesting photographs and accounts and get to use it as you wish but begin to know each individual contributor.

The hard part is contacting the many participants which will be needed for the project to be a successful one since it should "travel" literary around the globe and the pictures should reflect this.

There is really no telling how the project will evolve and how interesting the results will be but one thing is sure, it will get you "closer" to many others who share the same photographic passion as yourself and may even make you some new lifelong friends.

Off course if the project ends up as a business venture like as a book, it goes without mentioning that all photographers should get credit for their work and perhaps share of the income but this should not be the principal driving force behind its creation.

It should rather be a sharing experience of an art which is practiced around the world and loved by many.

Just imagine what it can accomplish. From images of far and distant places, exotic views, interesting aspects and first hand details about each person involved in it to a personal, first hand travel account.

Other variations can be made such as allotting a set time frame for each photographer to do the shots, write and send it along to a pre-determined number of locations and so on. A one country project or each of the fifty states for example and so on.

This project is very similar to "Photograph The World in One Day" also called "This is my Country" in which many photographers from around the world take one specific photograph of something that is unique and truly representational of their location and everything ,once collected, is shared with the rest of the world via a publication or a blog.

The main difference is that this traveling journal project does not set a limit of only one photograph or during one day only.

It is also very similar to several photographic journals (publications) that feature regular articles and images from contributors all over the planet, but this is definitely more personal and to an extent more creative.

As the originator of the project you should include a list of all participants with their contact information so that one photographer knows who to send the journal to next, as well as including a proposed itinerary.

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Plan ahead, do diligent research, get the consent of everyone, share the credits and look forward to the journal's return to you once the project is completed.

There are literary thousands of photographic projects but this one in particular ranks among the most innovative, creative and worthy ones.

Even if you do it in a very limited basis you are sure to get many gratifying pictures and stories from its conclusion and if for nothing more than your own personal gratification think of it as a way of sharing your photographic passion with like minded individuals and to have had the privilege of "meeting them".

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    • LuisEGonzalez profile imageAUTHOR

      Luis E Gonzalez 

      7 years ago from Miami, Florida

      Vonda Jensen: Thanks for the post. As you see I posted your Facebook link and urge others to visit your page. I hope it helps. Keep me posted and let me know if there is anything I can help you with. Good luck and great project!

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      Vonda Jensen 

      7 years ago

      I am actually the creator of this project and I'll soon be starting three more journals. I'd love for your followers to join my Facebook page and participate in my next books rather than creating their own. I do all the dirty work behind the scenes and all they have to do is photograph the book, write their article and ship it. :) If Jess really is interested in doing one for Canada I'd be willing to start one there and have her photograph the book for me!

    • LuisEGonzalez profile imageAUTHOR

      Luis E Gonzalez 

      7 years ago from Miami, Florida

      kerlund74; Thank you

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      7 years ago from Sweden

      I love this idea:) A great way to be creative about photography and also share and enjoy other photos and stories. I shoul absolutely consider taking part in such project.

    • LuisEGonzalez profile imageAUTHOR

      Luis E Gonzalez 

      7 years ago from Miami, Florida

      JessBraz: Thank you very much

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      7 years ago from Canada

      I find this idea incredibly interesting! What a wonderful idea. I would love to do something like this, but maybe start on a smaller scale; like try to do a journal that will travel across all the provinces of my home country and back to me... I've always dreamed about driving from coast to coast across Canada; this might be a cool thing to do in case I never get to make that trip (Canada is just SO big. lol)

      I do something called postcrossing (see you basically submit your address into a database, you receive the address of a random person somewhere in the world and you send them a postcard... once they receive it, they register it online and then you get put into the pool to receive a postcard from someone else... It's a great way to "get to know" people from all over the world... This travel journal kind of reminds me of that, but on a different scale.

      I'm definitely going to check out Vonda Jensen's FB page to see exactly what this is all about and how to go about attempting to do one myself!

      Cheers on the great hub!



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